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Intangible Cultural Heritage

What is Intangible Cultural Heritage?

Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) or what some call "Living Heritage" encompasses many traditions, practices and customs. These include the stories we tell, the family events we celebrate, our community gatherings, the languages we speak, the songs we sing, knowledge of our natural spaces, our healing traditions, the foods we eat, our holidays, beliefs and cultural practices.  

Specific examples of our intangible traditions include -- among many other customs, skills and practices -- Christmas mummering traditions, boat building skills, Aboriginal languages and cultural knowledge, regional dialects, and the expressive culture, values and beliefs of the diverse cultural groups of Newfoundland and Labrador. Many of us play music or tell stories; some of us know about fishing grounds or berry picking spots; others know about curing illnesses; some of us play cards or skateboard.  

Our Mission

In 2008 the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (HFNL) was chosen to lead and implement the province's Intangible Cultural Heritage Strategy.

Our mission is to safeguard and sustain the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador for present and future generations, as a vital part of the identities of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, and as a valuable collection of unique knowledge and customs. This will be achieved through policies that support initiatives that celebrate, record, disseminate and promote our living heritage and help to build bridges between diverse cultural groups within and outside Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Dale Jarvis, Intangible Cultural Heritage Development Officer
Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Newman Building
PO Box 5171
1 Springdale Street, St. John's, NL
A1C 5V5 Canada
1-888-739-1892 ext 2